Dog Talk ® (and Kitties Too!)

NPR LogoDOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) originated on the only NPR station on Long Island, WLIW-88.3, where it has been on the air for 13 years and numerous consecutive shows.  This Gracie® Award-winning show (for “Best entertainment and information program on local public radio”), is produced and hosted by pet wellness advocate Tracie Hotchner. Each show features Tracie’s interviews with authors and pet experts from around the world, discussing far-ranging topics involving practical and philosophical issues regarding our relationships with dogs and cats. The show broadcasts from the East End and reaches all across Long Island, into Southern Connecticut and Westchester. The show's theme song is "Mmm My Best Friend" by Sophie B. Hawkins from her album TIMBRE. Podcast also available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Amazon podcasts, and Audible. WLIW FM88.3 Logo

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“Talking Buttons” and Cats — Has the Craze Gone Too Far?

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) (08-29-2022) #794A: Feline behavior expert Dr. Mikel Delgado of FelineMinds (Tracie’s co-host on Cat Chat) shares Tracie’s consternation that the craze for teaching dogs to step on “buttons” has now extended to trying to convince consumers to spend money buying buttons for their cats to theoretically express themselves. All based on a French experiment in which a woman’s cat just kept stepping on the button for “soupe” (“feed me”) over and over. Even once fed!